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Jared Lee Loughner to be forcibly medicated by prison officials

Federal prison officials have decided to forcibly medicate Jared Lee Loughner, the young man on trial for the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and others, with unspecified anti-psychotic medications. The Courthouse News Service reported that Loughner’s defense attorney, Judy Clark, has filed a motion (PDF) to fight the involuntary administration…

Google launches social networking service to rival Facebook

WASHINGTON — Internet search giant Google launched its rival to Facebook on Tuesday, a new social networking service called Google+. “Online sharing is awkward. Even broken. And we aim to fix it,” Google’s senior vice president for engineering Vic Gundotra said in a blog post. “We’d like to bring the…

21 sickened from Salmonella-tainted sprouts in the U.S.

WASHINGTON — An outbreak of salmonella poisoning in salad sprouts has sickened 21 people in the United States but is not connected to the German E. coli outbreak, health authorities said Tuesday. The illnesses arose between April 12 and June 7 and so far have spanned five states. Three people…

Sen. Harry Reid: Republicans living in a fantasy world

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters on Tuesday that his Republican friends seem to be living in a fantasy world because of their views on deficit-reduction. “Republicans should start accepting the hard truths we face and work with us to do the right thing for the middle class instead…

Charges dismissed against woman arrested while videotaping traffic stop from her front yard

The case against a 28-year-old woman charged with obstructing governmental administration after refusing a police officer’s order to leave her front yard while she was videotaping a traffic stop has been dismissed. WHEC reported a judge dismissed the case against Emily Good of Rochester, New York on Monday because there…

Bachmann fans float Wikipedia edits to cover candidate’s recent gaffes

Several strange edits have shown up on Wikipedia entries pertaining to famed Americans referenced by Republican presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann — specifically, it appears that her fans have attempted to rewrite the lives of actor John Wayne and President John Quincy Adams to fit her woefully inaccurate retellings of history.…

Google predicts U.S. will miss up to $3.2 trillion in GDP growth if green tech isn’t encouraged

Web giant Google said Tuesday that the United States stands to lose up to $3.2 trillion in potential gross domestic product (GDP) growth if it further delays policies that encourage renewable energy technology. In an economic study published on the company’s official blog, Google researchers assumed several key breakthroughs would…

Activists rally to push for maximum sentence for NYPD cops acquitted of rape

This morning, a group of activists gathered in across the street from the Foley Square Courthouse in New York City to demand the maximum sentencing for Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata, the former NYPD officers at the center of the well-publicized “rape cops” trial. Moreno and Mata were acquitted of…

House to use Skype for constituent calls, despite security concerns

Technology experts for the House of Representatives said in a memo Tuesday that House members will now be able to use the free Internet-based phone and videoconferencing service Skype. Security concerns had originally stopped the House from allowing use of Skype, logisticians explained to The Hill. “There’s a concern about…

Woman sprays police with breast milk

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A lactating U.S. woman was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after she sprayed sheriff’s deputies with breast milk as they tried to remove her from a vehicle, police said on Monday. Ohio-resident Stephanie Robinette, 30, was arrested and charged with domestic violence and assault linked to…

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